Ashaiman traders optimistic of commodity prices dropping marginally

Accra, � Traders at Ashaiman markets are optimistic of the fall in the prices of staple foods in February this year.

A Ghana News Agency weekly market survey revealed that commodity prices were unchanged at Ashaiman market.

Madam Akua Marfo told the GNA that yam is currently expensive because it is out of season adding that, the time will come when the prices will fall.

She however added that, the price of a yam was between GH?5.00 and GH?10.00 depending on its size instead of the previous price of GH?4.00; an Olonka of Gari which used to be sold at GH?7.00 has dropped to GH?5.00.

Hajia Zalifa Mohammed, a cereal and grain trader told GNA that, I fear the prices might increase any moment due to the change in the economic front which has affected the conveying of goods from the hinterlands.

A bag of onions which used to be sold at GH?250.00 is now GH?300.00 and GH?350.00 depending on their sizes whilst a paint rubber size of big onions is sold at GH?20.00 and the smaller onions sold at GH?10.00.

A sack of millet is sold between GH?300.00 to GH?350.00 whereas an Olonka is GH?7.00; a sack of beans goes for GH?350.00 and GH?10.00 per Olonka; Maize is sold at GH?270.00 per sack and GH?5.00 per Olonka; and local rice is sold at GH?150.00 per sack whereas perfume rice is sold between GH?250.00 and GH?300.00 per sack.

Miss Daina Ayeta, a trader at the Ashaiman market said, some customers complain about the increase in prices in maize and cassava dough.

A sack of cassava dough has increased to GH?65.00 instead of the previous price of GH?60.00 whereas an ”Olonka” is sold at GH?5.00.

She said groundnut paste which was sold at GH?60.00 per bucket is now sold at GH?70.00.

Madam Mary Ampofo, a plantain trader however stated that, plantain is in abundance and less expensive due to the harmattan season and noted that there have been no complaints from customers about the price of plantain.

She added that, one can buy bunch of plantain at GH?50.00, and ten fingers for GH?5.00.

Other markets visited includes; the Tudu, Tema Station, Dansoman, Odorkor, Achimota, Madina, Nungua, Tuesday Market, Kaneshie, Adabraka, Agbogbloshie, Kantamanto, Makola, and CMB

Source: Ghana News Agency